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RFID Protection FAQ

Why do you need an RFID Wallet, Secure Sleeve®, or Secure Badgeholder®?

RFID technology is already being used in numerous consumer products and is constantly expanding. With well over 200 million credit and debit cards, millions of hotel room keys, all US Passports issued since October 2006, a growing number of state driver’s licenses, work IDs and even transit cards all using RFID chips, more personal information is at risk than ever before. 

These chips contain first page passport information including your photo. The special driver’s licenses from New York, Michigan, Washington, Vermont are “enhanced” with long-range RFID chips. Overall, enough data that identity theft is an ongoing threat for owners of RFID enabled products. For a quick overview, check out this infographic.

What is RFID and how does it work?

RFID, Radio Frequency Identification, is the technology that lets you simply wave your credit, debit, transit, identification card, passport or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic stripe through it. It’s a fairly simple concept. The electronic scanner sends a signal that an antenna in the card receives and uses to activate the RFID chip. Unfortunately, criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own RFID readers with a few simple supplies.  These devices can steal your private financial information quickly and silently—all the perpetrator needs to do is come near your wallet with the hidden card reader. And the worst part is the cards don't have an off switch.

Does my credit card have an RFID chip?

If your card has PayPass™, PayWave™ or Blink™, indicated by a logo or a radio wave signal on the front or back of the card, then it definitely has an RFID chip embedded in it; however, cards can have an RFID chip even if there is no logo or symbol. As these cards are becoming widespread you should protect your cards to ensure that you do not fall victim to identity theft. These types of cards also have RFID chips embedded in them.

How can you guard against electronic pickpocketing?

The most important step is to make sure you guard your RFID enabled cards against unauthorized RFID readers. Many credit cards contain RFID chips that record your personal information, so if you do not use protective measures with RFID wallets or secure sleeves, identity thieves can obtain your credit card data using hidden RFID readers without you ever knowing.

Protect yourself now.

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